The Team

    LAUREN, Hiring Specialist


What do you love about this job and helping small businesses with hiring?

I love being able to see the direct impact of the work that we are doing to help small businesses with their hiring. For small businesses, a great hire is so crucial to their ability to be able to grow, thrive, and be successful, so the reward of being able to help a small business owner find a great hire is so fulfilling!   Beyond just helping small businesses find a great hire, I also love being able to empower small businesses with tools and knowledge that can help them to build their own capacity to be successful at hiring.  Ultimately, my end goal is to be able to both make the hiring process easier by managing the parts of it that can be burdensome for clients, while also providing them with sustainable resources that they can use if they choose to manage their own hiring processes in the future.

What makes it most rewarding?
What makes this job the most rewarding is when clients share personal testimonies and stories about the great hires that we’ve helped them with. My greatest satisfaction doesn’t come with “just a hire”. It comes from those conversations that I’ve had with clients several months down the road when they’ve shared with me how much value their great hires have brought to their business. To me, that is a job well done and what I strive for in this work.

What do you do for fun/when you’re not working?
I love spending as much time as I can outside with my fiancée and 3 dogs. I also love riding my bike and going to festivals and farmers markets. While I don’t live in New Orleans anymore, I also love everything New Orleans (especially the music, gumbo, and Jazz Fest)!

What’s a little known/interesting fact about you?
I was born in Paris, France and lived there until I was three. My first memory is from the day that we moved to the States, so unfortunately, great memories of my life as a Parisien are now lost on me!

If you could have any super power what would it be?
If I could have any super power, it would be to fly. The world from above when you’re flying in a plane is already pretty amazing as it is and to be able to fly like a bird seems like something that would be pretty unbelievable.

 

     MANDY, Hiring Specialist


What do you love about this job and helping small businesses with hiring?

This job is like being a business matchmaker – we work with some exciting companies and we get to find talented people for them that are a great “match”.  I also enjoy being able to help businesses in so many diverse areas – we get to work with some fantastic non-profits, innovative start ups, and many different small but quickly growing companies!

What makes it most rewarding?
Hiring can be stressful and taxing on a business owner’s time, but it is a critical function to be able to grow. I love that we can use our expertise to make this process easy for them, and I love when they say the hardest part of the process was choosing between the great candidates they interviewed! l’ve also been able to work with some clients as they’ve grown and I’ve filled multiple roles in their organization, it is very rewarding to be part of that growth process.

What do you do for fun/when you’re not working?
Outside of Hire With Ease, I am a mom to two wonderful boys who keep me busy! When our weekends aren’t filled with kid’s activities, we enjoy going up to the mountains or hanging out with friends and family.

What’s your greatest weakness?  I have several weaknesses, including wine, chocolate, and puppies. Wine and chocolate are usually accessible, and when I need a puppy fix I foster a puppy from a local rescue, which lets me enjoy one for a few weeks until it finds a good home, thus preventing me from becoming a crazy dog lady. 

If you could have any super power what would it be?
Telepathy would be very useful in this job – imagine being able to understand exactly what a candidate means when they say certain things (just kidding – we have ways to do this without mind reading!).  From a practical standpoint, if I could only pick one superpower I’d choose not needing to sleep.  Imagine what you could do with an extra 6-8 hours a day!

 

     REECE, Business Manager


What do you love about this job and helping small businesses with hiring?

I love finding really good matches, it is awesome to be able to match great people with great companies.

What makes it most rewarding?
One of the most rewarding parts of this job is when we are able to help a business find candidates that are better than they even hoped for.

What do you do for fun/when you’re not working?
My favorite thing to do outside of work is to be creating art, including paintings, jewelry and sculptures. 

What’s a little known/interesting fact about you?
A little known fact about me is that I once hiked across Spain for over 30 days. 

What’s your greatest weakness?
Puppies.  And art supplies.

If you could have any super power what would it be?
I would love to be able to time travel, I find history fascinating.

 

 

      KEELY, Owner/CEO

Keely took over as Owner/CEO of Hire With Ease in August of 2018.  She is looking forward to continuing the great business that Tammi created!
 
What do you love about this job and helping small businesses with hiring? 
I have a lot of different experience within the human resources field, but I have always enjoyed recruiting the most.  I love working with small business owners to determine their needs for any given job, seeing snapshots of people with their resumes, interacting and asking questions with the candidates during the interview process and finding the best fit for a role.  It is really rewarding, fun and always different.
 
What makes it most rewarding?
It’s really rewarding to be able to provide guidance and assistance when every hire is so critical to a small business.  There is significant impact on the entire culture and business when you add someone new to the mix, so it’s important to get it right. 
 
What do you do for fun/when you’re not working?
I have both road and mountain bikes, and try and ride them as often as I can, and stop and take pictures with my camera phone.  I love each for different reasons. My road bike allows me to ride, think, and enjoy the beautiful scenery around me. My mountain bike pushes me out of my comfort zone to challenge me physically and mentally to do things that I haven’t tried before.  
 
What’s a little known/interesting fact about you?
I’ve had stitches four times in my chin, all before I was out of elementary school. Thankfully, no stitches from any of my biking.  Yet.  
 
What’s your greatest weakness? 
Good coffee.  A gorgeous sunset.  Fish tacos. 
 
If you could have any super power what would it be?
To heal immediately after an injury. Then I would probably push myself more on my mountain bike.  
 
 

 TAMMI, Founder 

Tammi DeVille Merrell is the Founder of Hire With Ease. She has been working with and for entrepreneurs for over 20 years and understands the unique challenges of hiring for an entrepreneurial environment. She has interviewed thousands of candidates for roles ranging from entry-level admins, oilfield workers and plumbers to controllers, sales managers and software trainers.

Tammi created Hire With Ease when she was doing contract work for entrepreneurs. She was referred to a business owner who didn’t need all of the other project management skills she brought to the table, he just needed help with one of her specialties – hiring.   In that moment, it became apparent that the existing models of staffing agencies and full-service recruiting firms wouldn’t serve this client’s needs within a budget he could afford. It was then that she decided to create a unique flat fee pricing model for her hiring support services.  

That was over 8 years ago. Since then Hire With Ease and our offerings have evolved and our team has grown.

We are happy to be filling the needs of a niche market, providing affordable hiring support where none was available before. It is our privilege and pleasure to help small business owners build their businesses and fulfill their dreams, by making hiring easier!